Coin (obverse), half-groat, from reign of David II

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Coin (obverse), half-groat, from reign of David II

This is the obverse of a silver half-groat minted at Edinburgh, between 1357 and 1367, during the reign of David II. The coin was worth two pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre within a six-arc tressure. The Latin inscription translates as: 'David, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

David II was the son of Robert I, 'The Bruce'. His reign saw two major coinage innovations: Scotland's first gold coin - the noble - and the introduction of silver groats and half-groats.

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Online ID: 000-100-052-145-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1693
Date: 1357 - 1367
Between 1357 and 1367
Material: Silver; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVID . DEI . GRA . REX . SCOTORV'; stops are crosses; crowned head to left with sceptre, within six-arc tressure / Rev. Cross DnS / PROT / ECTOR / mEOS . : VILL / AED / InBV / RGh; stop is a cross; single lon
Dimensions: 23.00 x 23.50 mm D / Die Axis: 5.5
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage, Stewart A6
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: David II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: David II silver half-groat, Edinburgh, 1357 - 1367
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 87 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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